A brand new PBS investigative report revealed stunning particulars about former speak present host Tavis Smiley, claiming he engaged in sexual harassment for many years.
The report was performed by an exterior investigator employed by PBS and concluded that Smiley engaged in sexual relationships with subordinates and visitors on his present, and dedicated acts of verbal abuse, inappropriate touching, and made undesirable sexual feedback, Deadline stories.
The 500-page report, which was unsealed as a part of authorized paperwork filed in reference to ongoing lawsuits associated to the previous speak present host’s dismissal, is being utilized by Smiley’s authorized workforce as a part of its breach of contract claims, Deadline stories.
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PBS countersued, asking for $1.9 million in manufacturing advances to be returned, Deadline stories.
Allegations outlined within the now-unsealed report embrace a girl who mentioned she was laid off from the present for allegedly figuring out “an excessive amount of” about Smiley’s actions. That girl additionally reported that Smiley requested about her bra dimension throughout a lunch they’d collectively and he provided to take her to Victoria’s Secret, Deadline stories.
Moreover, a number of girls reported the facility variations between them and Smiley made for an uneasy consensual relationship with him, and one girl claimed she was terminated when others came upon about her sexual relationship with him after being informed it might be saved secret, Deadline stories.
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In 2018, PBS ended its relationship with Smiley after practically 14 years of him internet hosting the late-night speak present Tavis Smiley because of the community saying it had “uncovered a number of, credible allegations of conduct that’s inconsistent with the values and requirements of PBS,” Deadline stories.
In response, Smiley accused PBS of racial bias, denied all the allegations in opposition to him, and claimed he stopped all consensual relationships with workers 10 years earlier than these accusations surfaced, Deadline stories.
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On Thursday (Jan. 2), D.C. Superior Court docket Decide Yvonne Williams dominated in opposition to a bid from Smiley’s protection to toss PBS’s lawsuit as a result of the conduct they declare predated his present contract. Williams disagreed as a result of PBS had additionally claimed more moderen misconduct, which occurred through the interval of his present contract, Deadline stories.